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Housekeeping. Decisions about required number of cleaning employees Frequency of cleaning Roles of Housekeeping Dept. Public spaces lobby areas / public.

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1 Housekeeping

2 Decisions about required number of cleaning employees Frequency of cleaning Roles of Housekeeping Dept. Public spaces lobby areas / public restrooms / front desk areas / management offices / game rooms / exercise areas / pool & spa areas / employee break rooms & locker rooms / selected meeting & food service areas Major Executive Housekeeper responsibilities:

3 Guestroom areas Properly cleaned by Housekeeping Verified as clean by second member of Housekeeping Room’s status has been reported to Front Desk Roles of Housekeeping Dept. Elevators/ corridors/ stairwells/ guestrooms Room will be assigned, when: Communication role to Front Desk staff (room status info) & Engineering / Maintenance Department ( room maintenance issues)

4 Room Status Clean & Vacant Room vacant, has been cleaned and can be assigned to guest OccupiedRoom registered to a current guest On-ChangeRoom vacant but not yet cleaned Do not disturb Room is occupied but not yet cleaned, due to guest request not to be disturbed Sleep-out Room reported as occupied, but room was not used, and guest may have left Stay-overGuest will stay in room at least one more night Room status terminology

5 Due-out Guest has indicated that is last day he/she will use room Check-outGuest has departed Out-of-orderRoom is not rentable, thus not assignable Lock-out Guest’s items still in room, but guest will be denied access until management approval of re-entry Late check- out Guest has requested and has been allowed an extension of regular check out time Room status terminology (continued…)

6 Laundry areas laundry preparation areas/ laundry supply closets/ guest linen, terry and supplies storage areas Managing “On Premise Laundry (OPL)” and its effective operation Housekeeping Dept. & Executive Housekeeper’s role Laundry often represents one of the hotel’s largest expenses. Roles of Housekeeping Dept: Laundry

7 Assess quality of room cleanliness Point out deficiencies to room attendants, get those deficiencies corrected, & report revision of room status to Executive Housekeeper or Front Desk have management skills (planning, organizing, directing and controlling departmental activities). have commitment to cleanliness and impeccable cleaning standard. create an appropriate inspection checklist and revise it as necessary. know about personal administration, budgeting, laundry sanitation, fabrics & uniforms, room cleaning chemicals and routines. be guest oriented. Executive Housekeeper should: Room Inspector’s major responsibilities: Staffing the Department

8 Treat them at all times with respect Ensure they are supervised by excellent supervisors Have room cleaning assignment policies perceived by them as fair Provide excellent, ongoing training Provide a realistic career ladder for room attendants Enforce Housekeeping Department policies consistently and without favoritism Ensure room attendant safety through training and appropriate hotel policies Provide benefit packages that are competitive for the area Pay fair wages Approaches to build highly motivated, dedicated Room Attendants: Staffing the Department (Continued…)

9 Housekeeping employees are one of the hotel’s largest groups Physical nature of jobs Managing Housekeeping: Safety this group’s accident rates generally the highest in the hotel. thus Equipment & supplies Rule Housekeeping employees should handle only those machinery items and supplies they are properly trained to handle.

10 Chemical handling Cleaning procedures Correct lifting techniques Properly entering guestrooms Contending with guestrooms containing: firearms/ uncaged animals/ individuals perceived as threatening/ ill or unconscious guests/ drugs and drug paraphernalia / blood and potential bloodborne pathogens Guest service Guestroom security Lost & Found procedures Areas of training concern Managing Housekeeping: Safety

11 Inexperienced Executive Housekeeper relies exclusively on minutes per room Total # of minutes worked by room attendants / total # of guestrooms cleaned = Minutes per room Experienced Executive Housekeeper relies on both minutes per room and knowledge of guests and sales patterns size of guestrooms / amenities in rooms / actual number of rooms to be cleaned / amount, if any, of deep cleaning Scheduling the number of room attendants depends on: How to establish room attendant schedules Managing Housekeeping: Employee Scheduling

12 Check how much of each item is in use, in storage, on order Executive Housekeeper to compute monthly “product usage reports” sheets (all sizes)/ pillowcases/ bedspreads/ bath towels/ hand towels/ washcloths/ soaps/ shampoos/ conditioners/ sewing kits/ glass cleansers/ furniture polish/ acid-based cleansers/ glassware/ cups/ coffee & filters/ in-room literature/ telephone books/ pens/ paper pads Inventory items maintained by Executive Housekeeper: Values of monthly inventories Managing Housekeeping: Inventory Management

13 Managing Housekeeping: Inventory Management (continued…) Waldo hotel product usage report 117 Total Monthly usage 877 unitis Count on: __________________ 850 units Count on: __________________ Plus 144 unitis Purchased in month 994 unitis Total in service Less ______________________________ Date: __________________________ Item:__________________________ For Period: ______________________ Prepared by: ____________________ Department:_____________________ January 1 February 1 HousekeepingKing-sized Sheets

14 Hotel must safeguard mislaid property until rightful owner returns Hotel must hold lost property until rightful owner claims it Hotel not required to find abandoned property’s owner Property left behind in room or found in lobby to be treated as mislaid or lost Establish how long any mislaid/lost property to be held before disposing it Three types of unclaimed property Managing Housekeeping: Lost & Found Law and/or policy requirements: Mislaid property Owner unintentionally has left item(s) behind Lost property Owner unintentionally has left item(s) behind, then forgotten it/them Abandoned propertyOwner intentionally has left item(s) behind

15 Date item is returned Owner’s name/ address/ phone Housekeeping Manager returning item Method of return Date property is declared as abandoned Name of hotel employee receiving abandoned property Date item is found Description of item Location where item is found (room #, if applicable) Name of finder Supervisor who receives item Managing Housekeeping: Lost & Found (continued…) When item is found Written report When returned to rightful owner, or disposed of

16 Effective guestroom cleaning is heart of Housekeeping Department Determines long-term success or failure of property Sleeping area: the first part seen by guest when entering room Bathroom area: closely inspected by guests for cleanliness Forms basis for a guest’s initial impression of property Public space cleaning Guestroom cleaning Facility Care & Cleansing

17 G.M.s should know what to look for when inspecting the hotel G.M.s must inspect public space, guestroom and laundry operation areas regularly G.M.s should not evaluate effectiveness of their housekeeping departments based only on lower costs per occupied room or fewer minutes per room cleaning (these factors are not always better!) G.M.s’ roles in facility care and cleaning Facility Care & Cleansing (continued…)

18 Collecting Operating an effective “on-premises laundry” is a multi- step process Laundry Delivering SortingWatching Drying Finishing / Folding

19 Collecting Laundry: Operating an Effective OPL (continued…) Dirty linen and terry should never be used as guestroom cleaning rags. Bloodstained linen or terry must be placed separately in a biohazard waste bag (pre-sort in guestroom). Biohazard waste bag should be on every housekeeping cart. Sorting Once in OPL, laundry is sorted both in terms of fabric type & degree of staining. Washing This step is the most complex part. Monitor a: washing times, b: wash temperatures, c: chemicals, d: agitation length and strength

20 Drying Laundry: Operating an Effective OPL (continued…) Drying is simply a process of moving hot air ( degrees F.) through fabrics to vaporize & remove moisture. Fabrics that are dried must have cool-down period in the dryer before they are removed from it Finishing/ Folding Space for finishing laundry must be adequate Storing Many fabrics must “rest” after washing & drying 24-hr rest time for cleaned laundry Housekeeping Dept. should maintain laundry par levels of three times normal usage Delivering Storage areas containing these items should be locked


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